Project Duration: November 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016
The ASPIRE (Advances in Screening and Prevention in Reproductive Cancer) program is a community-driven initiative in Uganda, designed to evaluate the acceptability and needs of a self-collection cervical cancer screening program for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The study will screen 300 women in an impoverished community. It will address cervical cancer education, treatment and prevention and train community members in self-collection of cervical tissue for later lab analysis. Outcomes include development of a documentary video, “When a Mother Lives” (www.aspireafrica.ca) and new methods of knowledge translation. The program should inform global health policy and practice with respect to cervical cancer treatment in low resource, low income settings in Canada and globally.